Monday, February 17, 2014
Time: 3:00-6:00 PM
George Kilby Jr.
I’ve written plenty of bios before, but always in the 3rd person, with lines like “Born in Alabama…” and “he lived with Pinetop Perkins in Chicago…” No more of that now, let me tell you a few things that will keep you reading, rather than list a bunch of records, influences, dates, big gigs, small gigs, etc, that appear in every other bio.
I play rough-cut American roots music. It’s about writing great songs, not keeping up great traditions. My lyrics cut to the heart of things with no apologies; and I break any rule I need to, so the music speaks directly to the people. My wife, Katy Keen draws really cool pictures on a Mac. They sort of look like they were done by a little kid. Most of them end up on beach towels. We have two kids who are into to everything from stage acting to “longboarding” (still haven’t figured out what that is). The best reason I can think of to be alive is to watch them grow up to make a difference in this messed up world. And the best way I can think of to help them out in that endeavor is to write and play good music. (See above)
Blues was, and is important to me, but the folks who “keep the blues alive” make me mad as hell just as often as not. Pinetop Perkins probably taught me more about playing music than anyone. But in all the years I knew Pine, and in all the gigs and records we played on together, he never said one word about the blues, or about music at all, for that matter. He just did it. He was the music. And it was not because he was black, or sharecropped, or played with Muddy, or wore lime green suits, or any of that crap. It is because he played his own truth, and never tried to be anything that he wasn't. I try to re-learn that lesson everyday; and I will be ever in Pine’s debt.
Name: Beth Byrd
Phone: 1 307-353-2300 ext. 1360